Latest posts by KT53

Designing/filling newly created border!

Posted: 26/05/2017 at 08:32

Being so narrow, only 2 ft deep, will mean care has to be taken to ensure that plants don't swamp each other.  You'll need to create height differences along the bed rather than the more traditional way with low plants at the front, then graduating up as you move back.

Climbers shouldn't affect the ability to plant in the rest of the bed.

Designing/filling newly created border!

Posted: 25/05/2017 at 19:57

Roughly what size is it.  From the photo it looks about 40 ft x 3 ft.  Is that about right?

As it gets pretty much full sun all day, as far as planting is concerned, the world is you lobster as Del Boy would say.

Cheap Gardening

Posted: 25/05/2017 at 19:53

Many garden centres have an area where they put plants which have passed their best.  This may simply mean that they have passed their flowering period and aren't as appealing as other plants.  There are some real bargains to be had IF the garden centre continues to look after them properly.

There is one GC we go to regularly where the sale plants get just as much tlc as everthing else but the plants are discounted by up to about 70%.  Other GC's seem literally to dump them in a corner and hope some mug will buy them before they die.

Chelsea 2017

Posted: 25/05/2017 at 08:05
Shrinking Violet says:

So it's not just me, then!  "Best in Show" - hmmmmm.  A touch of the emperor's new clothes, methinks.  Rather like some very modern art.  Or music.  The cognoscenti extol the virtues.  Lesser mortals scratch their heads and gravitate to more pleasing arrangements, with more ideas that can usefully be copied/adapted.

PS perhaps we will one day have a horticultural equivalent of John Cage - he of the 4'33" "music" of silence.  And all of the above will wonder that no-one ever thought of it before.  I'm up for giving it a go!  All I need is a sponsor with more money than sense, maybe. 

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 Couldn't have put it better myself.  I suppose the gardening equivalent would be completely bare, flat land so we could visualise our own perfect garden.  Bound to win Best in Show!  I bet Joe Swift loved it!!!

Free design software

Posted: 25/05/2017 at 08:01

It's a question which has been asked a few times, but nobody seems to have found anything which actually does the job as well as just using a graph pad and pencil.


Posted: 24/05/2017 at 19:11
scroggin says:

7 Gold Medals at Chelsea must count for something Frenchcafe?

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 Not aimed at Adam, but I've seen plenty of Chelsea Gold Medal winners where I've thought the judges must have been on the whacky baccy before making their decisions.  Anybody remember the massive stone block last year where you had to peer through gaps? 

So many of these things seem to be like the Booker Prize or one which Tracey Emin won - it has to be totally incomprehensible to the hoi-poloi so the judges can think they are clever!

Garden wall problem

Posted: 23/05/2017 at 15:05
raisingirl says:
 If it's his wall, he must keep his wall - and it's footings - to his side.

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 I'm not sure the part about the footings having to remain on his side of the boundary is correct.  I seem to remember reading somewhere that the footings can extend beyond the boundary.  It's because it seemed wrong that it stuck in my mind.  Certainly worth checking out.

I've just found this on another site which does support the belief that the foundations can encroach on neighbouring land.


Last edited: 23 May 2017 15:07:29

Patio slabs makeover tips needed.

Posted: 23/05/2017 at 12:37

If the grout between the slabs is loose be careful with the pressure washer.  I know you say you want the grout out, but lumps of it can be fired quite a distance by a pressure washer. 

Garden wall problem

Posted: 23/05/2017 at 12:33
gardenning granny says:

Reluctantly I think we have little option but to agree, though OH thinks we should not have to pay for the rendering on our side, as much of the wall will be impossible to reach because of my shrub border.  He think it best that we paint or render as we see fit, in our own good time.


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 If the wall remains on your neighbours property you will not be able to render, or paint, it at any time without their permission.  Many years ago my mother had the reverse problem with a new neighbour.  Mum's garage wall was about 6" inside the boundary and there was a chain link fence marking the actual boundary.  New neighbours ripped down the fence, which was also shown on the deeds as Mum's property, and started drilling the garage wall to fix up trellis etc.  They weren't happy when Mum told them to stop and to reinstate the fence.

Had they asked first Mum may or may not have allowed them to do it (probably not in fact), but the fact that they hadn't asked really annoyed her.

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Malvern Spring Festival

Posted: 23/05/2017 at 07:52

There actually may be some truth in the claims at Chelsea.  Some of the gardens cost 10's of 1000's of pounds to create and require major sponsorship.  As the woman from Chelsea said last night, applications had to be in very shortly after the Brexit vote and major companies were still wondering what the effect would be.  The first thing to happen in that situation is that non-essential spending is suspended.

The gardens at Malvern aren't on that scale and most don't have much in the way of sponsorship.

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